It’s pretty obvious Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dave Westlake won’t be running a clean campaign in 2010, if a recent video posted on his YouTube channel is any indication.
In the video in question, Westlake starts his mudslinging with a blatant lie, asserting Sen. Russ Feingold has remained “silent” on the issue of health care, “sitting back in the weeds” and doing nothing on the issue. Now perhaps Dave Westlake really hasn’t been paying attention to what Sen. Feingold’s been spending much of his time talking about lately, but the issue of health care is at the top of the list of things Sen. Feingold’s been talking to his constituents about.
Heck, if Dave Westlake were really interested in telling the truth about Sen. Feingold, he’d have his crack campaign staff do a quick search on Sen. Feingold’s official U.S. Senate website, where there’s a whole bunch (97, to be exact) of press releases clearly outlining how vocal Sen. Feingold has been on the issue of health care. What’s more, Sen. Feingold hasn’t just been talking about the issue of health care, he’s actually been taking action.
For example, Sen. Feingold, along with Sen. Herb Kohl and Rep. Dave Obey led the entire Wisconsin Congressional delegation in a bipartisan March 2009 letter to HHS officials, urging them to approve Governor Doyle’s application for a three-year extension of the SeniorCare program, which serves 86,000 Wisconsin seniors.
What’s more, back in March of this year Sen. Feingold, along with Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, reintroduced legislation (the Rural Medicare Equity Act of 2009) to address Medicare’s discrimination against seniors and health care providers in rural America. In a statement, Sen. Feingold noted, “Despite paying Medicare taxes just like other Americans, Wisconsinites get less from Medicare than residents of many other states.”
Sen. Feingold was also busy tackling the issue of health care in 2008, as he worked with Governor Doyle and other members of the Wisconsin delegation to extend BadgerCare Plus to uninsured childless adults, helping an estimated 81,000 Wisconsinites gain access to the health care they need. Sen. Feingold also supported a mental health parity measure passed by Congress which will help those dealing with mental illness get access to medical benefits and treatment, and Sen. Feingold also supported a measure that was signed into law by the President which prohibits insurance providers, employers and labor organizations from discriminating against individuals based on genetic information.
Clearly Sen. Russ Feingold has been working hard on the issue of health care, and shame on Dave Westlake for blatantly lying just to score cheap points for his second-tier Senate campaign.